The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office depending on office location, size, and specialty. In small practices, medical assistants are usually handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators.
Medical Assistants perform many administrative duties. They answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence, schedule appointments, arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handle billing and bookkeeping.
Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician, authorize drug refills as directed, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, draw blood, prepare patients for x-rays, take electrocardiograms, remove sutures, and change dressings.
How Much Will I Earn As A Medical Assistant?
Average salary and hourly pay vary for practitioner CMA's and non-CMA's according to their years of experience as a Medical Assistant.
Average annual salary for a full-time practitioner with a CMA in 2010 is $31,361.
Is Medical Assisting Right For Me?
Take this quiz to find out!
1. Are you looking for a meaningful job?
2. Do you like helping others?
3. Do you have an interest in health and medicine?
4. Are you a "people" person?
5. Are you good at multi - tasking; switching tasks throughout the workday?
6. Do you like variety in your job?
7. Would you like to enter a career in an expanding field?
If you answered "yes" to five or more of these questions, congratulations! Medical Assisting could be right for you!
Attendance at an information session is MANDATORY as a part of the admissions process for the program. During the information sessions, we will discuss the admission process & requirements, curriculum, professional standards, career information, uniforms & supplies needed, as well as a Q&A period.. No reservations are needed to attend. Students must attend one of the following scheduled information sessions in order for their application to be considered complete for the 2012 class: (Information sessions attended more than one calendar year prior to application deadline MUST be repeated. It is the student’s sole responsibility to attend the current, correct information session for the program and campus they plan to attend.)
HEALTH OCCUPATION INFORMATION SESSIONS
FALL 2012 AND SPRING 2013
September 26, 2012 October 24, 2012 January 23, 2013 February 20, 2013 March 27, 2013 April 24, 2013
All Sessions are held in the College Center / Room 151 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For additional information regarding Medical Assisting or the LSC-CyFair Medical Assisting Program specifically, contact us below.
MEDICAL ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / Ms. Gina Scott, CMA (AAMA)
Phone: 281-290-5274 / HSC 200 N
Allied Health Staff Assistant / Darlene Ross Allied Health Advisor / Lisa Doherty
Phone: 281-290-3275 / HSC 204 Phone: 832-482-1044 / HSC 204
Email: Darlene.A.Ross@LoneStar.edu Email: Lisa.A.Doherty@lonestar.edu
Final acceptance into the Medical Assisting Program is contingent upon a satisfactory background check and drug screening (as required by clinical facilities), which will be completed by an approved agency at the student's expense.
(Official transcripts must be sent to the Medical Assisting Program AND to LSC–CyFair Student Services Department to fulfill this requirement!)
The Lone Star College–CyFair Medical Assisting Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).